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2013-01-04T15:17:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:29:46

Manchester United match preview





• West Ham United host Manchester United in the standout tie of the FA Cup with Budweiser third round. Joe Cole could make his second debut for the club after signing in time to face the Red Devils.

• The Hammers go into the match on a high, having won their first game of 2013 against Norwich at the Boleyn Ground last time out. However, Manchester United have some serious FA Cup pedigree and have won the competition more than any other team (11) and have reached more finals than anyone else (18).

• The last cup meeting between the two sides at the Boleyn Ground was a memorable game for Hammers fans. On a snowy night in east London, Carlton Cole grabbed two goals as the hosts ran out 4-0 winners in a fifth-round Carling Cup tie. Former United player Jonathan Spector also scored a brace.

• One of the most recent FA Cup meetings was also a good one for the Hammers as they beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup fourth round in January 2001. Joe Cole started in midfield as Paolo Di Canio scored past a stranded Fabien Barthez. United got their own back two years later though when they beat the Hammers 6-0 in another fourth-round tie.

• Manchester United have won the last nine Barclays Premier League meetings between the two sides. West Ham United's last win came at the Boleyn Ground on 29 December 2007 as Anton Ferdinand (77) cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's opener (14) before Matthew Upson scored an 82nd-minute winner.

• West Ham United have lifted the FA Cup on three occasions, in 1964, 1975 and 1980, and were runners-up in 1923 and 2006. Manchester United have won the prestigious trophy on eleven occasions - 1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004


Team news

West Ham United

• Sam Allardyce has pledged to play his strongest available team for the visit of the Red Devils. In addition to the signing of Joe Cole, his options will be widened by the return of Kevin Nolan and James Collins from suspension.

• Joey O'Brien's hamstring strain is his only new concern after the defender was forced off in the Norwich win. Should the Ireland international not recover, Matt Taylor or Dan Potts, who was recalled from a loan at Colchester United, could step in.

• Fatigue could be the only other factor that influences Big Sam's selection, with a number of his squad not missing a game so far this season. Should he wish to rest one or two players, the likes of Alou Diarra or Jordan Spence earn a start.

• Modibo Maiga will definitely be missing after he travelled away to Mali for the Africa Cup of Nations Finals in South Africa.

• Mo Diame and Andy Carroll are both near to a return to light training, leaving only George McCartney as the only long-term absentee.

Manchester United

• Sir Alex Ferguson could make use of the strength of his squad, with the likes of Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra and Robin van Persie all in line for a rest. Defenders Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic both return to the squad.

• Shinji Kagawa could start along with Tom Cleverley, and changes are expected elsewhere.

• Wayne Rooney (knee) has been ruled out while Nani (hamstring) is still missing.

Previous meeting

• The two teams last met at Old Trafford in November when Manchester United sneaked a 1-0 Barclays Premier League win on 29 November 2012. Robin van Persie's deflected shot in the first minute from the edge of the box was the only difference between the teams.

The teams that day were:

Manchester United: Lindegaard , Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra, Carrick, Anderson (Jones 84), Cleverley (Young 66), Rooney (Welbeck 78), van Persie, Hernandez.
Subs not used: De Gea, Ferdinand, Fletcher, Buttner

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien, Taylor, Diame (O'Neil 76), Tomkins, Jarvis (Maiga 70), Nolan, Carroll (Cole 62)
Subs not used: Spiegel, Spence, Moncur, Lletget

Last time out

Tuesday 1 January 2013
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United 2-1 Norwich City
West Ham United: Jussi Jääskeläinen, James Tomkins, Joey O'Brien (Gary O'Neil, 71), Guy Demel, Winston Reid, Ricardo Vaz Te (Modibo Maiga, 82), Matthew Jarvis (Jordan Spence, 86), Mark Noble, Matthew Taylor, Jack Collison, Carlton Cole
Goals: Noble (pen, 3), O'Brien (26)

Tuesday 1 January 2013
Barclays Premier League
Wigan Athletic 0-4 Manchester United
Manchester United: David De Gea, Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand (Chris Smalling, 69), Patrice Evra, Rafael, Michael Carrick (Shinji Kagawa, 69), Ashley Young (Danny Welbeck, 78), Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs, Robin van Persie, Javier Hernández
Goals: Hernández 35, van Persie 43, Hernández 63, van Persie 88


• The first meeting between West Ham United and Manchester United came on 25 February 1911 in the FA Cup. The Hammers won 2-1 with Thomas Caldwell and Danny Shea scoring the goals.

• West Ham United's biggest win over Manchester United came at the Boleyn Ground on 11 October 1930. A Viv Gibbins hat-trick inspired the Hammers to a 5-1 win with Jim Barrett and Jimmy Ruffell also on the score sheet.

• Manchester United's biggest win ever over West Ham United came almost 70 years later on 1 April 2000. This time they had a hat-trick hero of their own as Paul Scholes scored a treble in a 7-1 win. Denis Irwin, Andrew Cole, David Beckham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored the other goals with Paulo Wanchope on target for the Hammers.

• Manchester United's biggest triumph in east London was a 6-1 victory on 6 May 1967.

• Saturday's fixture marks the 124th competitive fixture between West Ham United and Manchester United. The Hammers have won 42, the Red Devils have won 57 and there have been 24 draws.

Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

28 November 2012 Manchester United 1-0 West Ham United
2 April 2011 West Ham United 2-4 Manchester United
30 November 2010 West Ham United 4-0 Manchester United (Carling Cup fifth round)
28 August 2010 - Manchester United 3-0 West Ham United
23 February 2010 - Manchester United 3-0 West Ham United
5 December 2010 - West Ham United 0-4 Manchester United
8 February 2009 - West Ham United 0-1 Manchester United

Overall record v Manchester United (all competitions) W 42 D 24 L 57

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted via play-offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Championship)

Manchester United

2011/12 Premier League 2nd (89 points)
2010/11 Premier League 1st (80 points)
2009/10 Premier League 2nd (85 points)
2008/09 Premier League 1st (90 points)
2007/08 Premier League 1st (87 points)
2006/07 Premier League 1st (89 points)
2005/06 Premier League 2nd (83 points)
2004/05 Premier League 3rd (77 points)
2003/04 Premier League 3rd (75 points)
2002/03 Premier League 1st (83 points)


• Saturday's match referee will be Martin Atkinson.

• A referee since the age of 16, Atkinson was promoted to the Football League list of assistant referees in 1998. In 2000, Atkinson was promoted to the Select Group of assistant referees, allowing him to run the line in Premier League matches.

• Atkinson joined the National List of referees for the Football League at the start of the 2003/04 season before taking charge of his first Premier League fixture on 20 April 2005 when Manchester City entertained Birmingham City.

• Atkinson was the man in the middle at the 2006 FA Community Shield between Chelsea and Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. He also took charge of the 2008 FA Trophy final between Ebbsfleet United and Torquay United at Wembley Stadium.

• Atkinson has refereed two West Ham games this season - the 3-0 defeat away at Swansea City in August and the 3-1 victory at home to Chelsea last month.

Old boys

• Manchester United have two former West Ham United players in their squad. England defender Rio Ferdinand made 158 appearances for the club between May 1996 and November 2000, scoring two goals. Midfielder Michael Carrick scored six goals in 159 appearances between July 1999 and May 2004.

• Among the other players who have represented both clubs are Jonathan Spector, Roy Carroll, Noel Cantwell, Luke Chadwick, Billy Grassam, Paul Ince, Ralph Milne, Frederick Milnes, Ravel Morrison, Frank O'Farrell, Stuart Pearson, Les Sealey, Dave Sexton, Teddy Sheringham, Carlos Tevez and Raimond van der Gouw.

Up next

• West Ham United have a long trip to Sunderland on Saturday 12 January as they return to Premier League action in a 3pm kick-off. Manchester United play host to rivals Liverpool a day later at 1.30pm.

General information

• Tickets for the game are now SOLD OUT. Ticket information can be obtained from here. There are still a handful of tickets left for the visit of Queens Park Rangers on Saturday 19 January, to secure your seat today, click here.

• Saturday's weather forecast is for a cloudy day in east London with temperatures peaking around 11C.

• Rapper Lethal Bizzle wil be performing a special FA Cup song before kick-off so fans are advised to get their early to make sure they catch the full performance.


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